Don't Interrupt Me, Por Favor

28 EpisodesProduced by Guillermo Fesser, Lisa Button, Nick Leiber

Don’t Interrupt Me, Por Favor is a weekly interview show in Spanish and English for people who speak both languages. Award-winning journalists Guillermo Fesser, Lisa Button, and Nick Leiber interview bilingual guests about one big idea a week. The format is novel: The hosts and their guests speak th… read more

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Knight’s Alberto Ibargüen Takes on the Local News Crisis

June 24th, 2019


Alberto Ibargüen pulls no punches: “We do not have an informed citizenry” and fact and opinion are being conflated, he says. As president and CEO of …

An Urban Beekeeper Tackles the Die-Off Crisis

June 17th, 2019


The busy work of honeybees makes much of our food supply possible. But these bees are dying at alarming rates. Carolina Zuniga-Aisa, co-founder of

A Chilean Journalist Seduced by American Pop Culture

June 11th, 2019


Raised on Hollywood movies and celebrity magazines, Manuel Santelices yearned for a life of excitement and glamour. Nearly 30 years ago, he made the …

David Broza Is Giving Away 1 Million Guitars

June 3rd, 2019


Legendary singer-songwriter David Broza is known to his fans as Israel’s Bruce Springsteen. He’s a humanitarian activist and a prolific musician who …

Puerto Rico’s de Facto Ambassador Dreams Big

May 27th, 2019


Chef, entrepreneur, designer, public speaker — Manolo López is all those things. But this 30-year-old Puerto Rican describes himself as an unofficial …

Explaining “The Silence of Others”

May 20th, 2019


What if your mother was buried in a mass grave and the government did not allow you to rebury her? Or the infamous torturer who beat you lived down the street, a free man? Victims and survivors of Spain’s 40-year …

Driverless Buses in the Mountains of Fire

May 17th, 2019


Engineer Ricardo Chicharro is leading a driverless bus project that aims to transport tourists to see the otherworldly Mountains of Fire in Timanfaya …

Manhattan's Favorite Bartender

May 6th, 2019


Marcelo Hernández, the Ecuadorian bartender at Grand Central Station's legendary Oyster Bar, shares a few secrets about New York City, the lost art of listening, and a tip or two about mixing the perfect cocktail. Plus, …

Lessons Learned from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico

April 30th, 2019


We speak with Puerto Rican journalist Luis Trelles about his deep investigation into the discrepancies in the official death count in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, and the underreported reality of what happened to …

The Woman Disrupting Mixed Martial Arts

April 24th, 2019


Jackie Hernández is a leader and a fighter, jumping from the top ranks of Spanish language media and landing in the mixed martial arts (MMA) arena. In this episode, we learn how she busted the glass ceiling as president …

Yo-Yo Ma on the Rio Grande

April 18th, 2019


Why is cellist Yo-Yo Ma playing Bach on the banks of the Rio Grande-Rio Bravo along the U.S.-Mexico border, and why are poets and environmentalists talking about it? We speak with Tricia Cortez, executive director of …

Reinventing Higher Education

April 9th, 2019


Artificial intelligence isn't replacing anyone's job in education just yet, says Santiago Iñiguez, president of IE University, one of Europe's most …

Laughter in a Philippines Landfill

April 2nd, 2019


Children, some as young as 5 years old, live at a garbage dumpsite on the Philippine island of Mindanao. When the rooster crows, they show up at the …

Franco, Fascism, and Spain Today

March 29th, 2019


Spain plans to remove the remains of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco from the Valley of the Fallen (a controversial memorial site) and rebury them elsewhere. We talk with Stanley G. Payne, recent recipient of the …

Reshaping the Latino Narrative

March 20th, 2019


Latinos make up roughly 18 percent of the U.S. population, yet remain marginalized in many ways. We speak to media change makers Maria Hinojosa and …

Latinx Superheroes

March 11th, 2019


Are we in a golden age for Latinx superheroes and comics? Ricardo Padilla thinks so, and he should know–he co-founded the annual Latino Comics Expo. …

Art, Gun Violence, Identity, and Activism

March 5th, 2019


Artists Manuel Oliver and Julia Santos Solomon are using their work to spur change. Manuel is the father of Joaquin “Guac” Oliver, one of 17 people …

The Polymath Bagpiper

February 25th, 2019


Cristina Pato is a master gaita player and classical pianist from Galicia, Spain, who has been bringing cultures together with her music for two …

When Foreign Students Bypass the U.S.

February 14th, 2019


Many foreign students who remain stateside after graduating from U.S. universities make incalculable contributions to the economy, says Ángel …

Why We See What We See

February 5th, 2019


Turns out artists and magicians can teach scientists more than a thing or two about perception and cognition. We chat with Susana Martínez-Conde, an award-winning neuroscientist and science writer who co-wrote the …

Money Heist’s Alba Flores

January 29th, 2019


Alba Flores brings the badass bank robber character Nairobi to life in "Money Heist," a Netflix blockbuster that’s been earning international acclaim. After winning an Emmy in 2018, it’s now shooting a third season. We …

A Daughter and Mother Volunteer at the Border

January 14th, 2019


Families fleeing gang violence and death threats in Central America are seeking asylum in the United States. One of the people helping them is …

Dr. Q's Brain Odyssey

January 7th, 2019


We journey to the frontier of brain science with Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, M.D., a leading brain researcher and chair of neurologic surgery at the …

Criminal Justice Reform

December 13th, 2018


The push to make the criminal justice system fairer is gaining speed at the federal and state levels. Dr. Carlos Valle, a psychiatrist who works at Dutchess County Jail in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., joins us in the studio to …

The Homeless World Cup

November 13th, 2018


Mexico City's Zócalo hosts teams from around the globe for the 2018 Homeless World Cup. They may be struggling at the moment, but these players are getting a hand making their goals happen on and off the field. We …

Natural Food Fever

October 14th, 2018


Food brings us together. Stories entertain us. The idea of authentic recipes and nutrition motivates us. A wave of entrepreneurs is going back to their roots to capitalize on all of this. We interview Fany Gerson, chef …


October 2nd, 2018


The term “influencer” means different things to different people. One thing, though, is clear: An influencer is probably taking a selfie in your favorite park right now. Before you know it, it’ll be overrun with …

How José Andrés Helped Feed Puerto Rico

September 20th, 2018


After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in 2017, Spanish-born chef José Andrés followed, by Humvee, by helicopter, by boat–whatever it took to …

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